The 3,100 square-foot yellow house on a leafy street in Newtown, Connecticut, where Adam Lanza lived with his mother was demolished today. It was the same house where Lanza began his December 2012 rampage by killing his mother before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children and six adults before shooting himself.
Manafort Brothers of Plainville, Connecticut, volunteered to carry out the demolition. Contractors arrived on site Monday “and had the house down within two hours,” Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra told ABC News. The contractors completed the project today by tearing down the foundation and ripping up the driveway.
The town will return to the 2+ acre site on Yogananda Street this spring to grade the land and do whatever plantings are appropriate. The goal is to return the land to a natural state. The lot backs up to open space so the hope is it merges “into the existing open space in a very natural way,” Llodra said.
Manafort Brothers also demolished the house in Cheshire, Connecticut, where Dr. William Petit’s wife and two daughters were killed by home intruders in 2007.
“We’ve been treated so well by so many companies but I thought it was so incredible to learn the Manafort company stepped up in Cheshire and now in Newtown,” Llodra said.
Elsewhere in town the new Sandy Hook elementary is going up. Foundation work started last week.
“Each of these events are small steps but the combination of all of them is important to us,” Llodra said.